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Type Journal Article - Global Journal of Medical Research: K Interdisciplinary
Title Interprofessional working: perceptions of healthcare professionals in Nepalese hospitals
Volume 16
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 5-11
URL http://gala.gre.ac.uk/15371/1/15371_KAINI_VEERSMA_BURKE_2016.pdf
Interprofessional working (IPW) is an essential part of the health service delivery
system. Effective delivery of health services relies on the contribution of healthcare professionals
(HCPs) from all groups. The aim of the study is to examine how HCPs collaborate and to assess
their perceptions of IPW on healthcare delivery. This study follows a qualitative research
approach. It was conducted in three hospitals in Nepal using semi-structured interview schedule.
Purposive sampling method was used to select the hospitals and the participants. All together
thirty-eight HCPs participated in the research. This study suggests that IPW is an integral part of
HCPs’ life and they viewed it as a booster to support them to deliver the optimal and desired
health outcomes. HCPs perceived that organisational support and involvement of service users
are important for the successful delivery IPW. Verbal means of communication are mostly used
during IPW. Nursing and allied health professionals (AHPs) are more critical to the medical
professionals because they feel domination and professional isolation from the medical
professionals. This study recognises factors that support IPW and also identifies various barriers
to IPW in Nepalese hospitals.

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